Since 1 November 2010, under the Secure Flight Program of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), additional personal information must be provided for flights to the USA. Since 8 March 2012, this regulation has been extended to overflights of US territory, i.e. flights from/to, for example, Canada, Mexico and other Central-American countries, which are scheduled to fly into US airspace.
Further information about Secure Flight
Regulations for visa-free entry to the USA
Since January 2009 it has been mandatory to register online for travel to the USA and since 20 March 2010 airlines are required to carry out ESTA checks: the transport of passengers wishing to enter the USA without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program will be prohibited if passengers have not received an electronic entry permit in advance from the US authorities. Online registration is through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization - known as "ESTA" for short. Please note that without a visa or ESTA registration you will no longer be able to board your flight to the USA.
You will find detailed information about ESTA here
ESTA registration for visa-free entry to the USA
There is a fee of $ 14 for the ESTA registration. As it is valid for two years you should register as early as possible. Lufthansa further recommends that you take a print out of this entry permission with you on your journey. Registration can also be done by third parties, such as family members.
To ESTA registration
Online input of additional APIS data for entry to the USA
For flights to the USA, airlines are legally obliged to transmit passenger data to the US authorities via the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). This rule does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident permit (‘green card’) or to transit passengers. Besides the passport data, the following information is required:
- Country of Residence
- Full first address during the stay in the USA:
- Zip code
Lufthansa passengers booking online can enter the required additional APIS data directly at the end of the booking process. Passengers who have not booked online can also add the required information themselves using the link below. This is one of the ways in which Lufthansa is enhancing the check-in process and simplifying customers' travel preparations for flights to the USA.
If passengers do not have all the necessary information at the time of booking, the missing details can be added later. By entering their name and Filekey (booking reference) here or in the password-protected area under "My account", they can retrieve their booking and complete their data entries.
Entering additional APIS data online is basically possible for all Lufthansa flights to the USA.
Enter additional APIS data online
Form for entry to the USA
Travellers can, of course, also use our paper form, which is available here for downloading. To avoid prolonging check-in and boarding times and ensure punctual departure, please be sure to have the required data ready in writing for presenting when you check in.
Download the APIS form